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Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly Rohingya, have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape ongoing conflict and violence. HelpAge International is working to provide age-friendly emergency relief to older women and men.
Since 25 August 2017, renewed violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state has forced more than half a million men, women and children, to flee their homes – the largest mass movement of people seen in the region for decades. These are already some of the world's most vulnerable individuals – and now they have fled in fear for their lives, many walking more than 50km to safety.
Settling in camps in Bangladesh's coastal district Cox's Bazar, people are arriving exhausted and hungry. Monsoon rains could make the difficult situation even worse by increasing the spread of water-borne diseases, such as cholera, typhoid and malaria.
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has described the humanitarian situation as "catastrophic".
How we are responding to this crisis?
Through our HelpAge global network in Bangladesh, Resource Integration Centre (RIC) and Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine, we are helping those most at risk, including older people, through three age-friendly spaces in one of the permanent camps in Cox's Bazar. They provide health screenings and home-based care in the camp community, access to age-friendly latrines, and ensure older people reach the services they need. Read about our age-friendly spaces in this blog from RIC's executive director.
We desperately need funds to reach the vulnerable older people affected by the Myanmar crisis. Please give today. If you live in the UK, please donate through our partner Age International, and for anywhere else in the world donate through us.